Recycled Materials

Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

The Tree Tent is the culmination of three years of work and research into sustainable shelter systems, fabric structures and timber engineering by Luminair. The company sought to create an easily

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Build Your Own Shipping Pallet Furniture With Pallet Room’s Downloadable Instructions

Build Your Own Shipping Pallet Furniture With Pallet Room’s Downloadable Instructions

After moving into his new apartment, Andrea Scandella needed to furnish the place on a budget. Scandella is studying Design & Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, so it was a natural extension for

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Willhelm Teller Upcycles Old Dishes Into Tiered Cake Plates

Willhelm Teller Upcycles Old Dishes Into Tiered Cake Plates

Young designer Wilhelm Teller took inspiration from his grandmother’s curio cabinet to create a line of creatively beautiful dishware. Scouring second-hand stores, the designer collected dozens of

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Aellon Gives Shipwrecks New Life in Unique Furniture Pieces

Aellon Gives Shipwrecks New Life in Unique Furniture Pieces

When it comes to finding unique materials for their gorgeous handcrafted interiors, New York-based design firm Aellon has carved out a special niche - with shipwrecks. Although their team uses regular

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Brilliant Ginkgo Umbrella is Sturdy, 100% Recyclable, and Made from Interchangeable Parts

Brilliant Ginkgo Umbrella is Sturdy, 100% Recyclable, and Made from Interchangeable Parts

Forecasters predict 2012 to be a record-breaking year for tropical storms - and a truly sturdy umbrella is essential for dealing with pouring rain and gusting winds. A new crowdfunded umbrella called the

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Trash Cafe: Newcastle Students Unveil Pop-Up Coffee Shop Made from Recycled Cardboard

Trash Cafe: Newcastle Students Unveil Pop-Up Coffee Shop Made from Recycled Cardboard

The waste material was collected by 18 postgraduate students who worked with engineers to design the basic elements of the café. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

Maija Puoskari of Finland caught our eye with Terho and Tatti. Inspired by acorns, these ethereal LED lamps create a dream-like glow. The lamps are available as suspended pendants or table lamps, and are

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IDI Studio’s Recycled Teak Roadies are for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Set

IDI Studio’s Recycled Teak Roadies are for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Set

IDI Studio’s new storage collection takes a cue from the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Their line of desks, wardrobes, shelving and wine racks borrow from the flight cases of touring bands. Called

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Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Photo via Shutterstock When tires reach the end of the road, they often wind polluting the environment in landfills. In Europe alone, 3 million tons of tires are produced each year - and 60-70% of them

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Wesley Law’s “Baled” Photo Series Follows Donated Leftovers from Goodwill Stores

Wesley Law’s “Baled” Photo Series Follows Donated Leftovers from Goodwill Stores

Baled is an amazing new series of photographs by Wesley Law that peers behind the scenes at a Goodwill Outlet Store in St. Louis. There, Law found a treasure trove of colorful objects that were left over

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Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

"Atlas Recycled" is a sculpture of the mythical Greek titan bearing the earth on his shoulders that doubles as a recycling receptacle for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper. In addition to serving

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Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

Pianos aren't generally thought of as the most portable of musical instruments, which makes tickling the ivories almost always an indoor activity -- but staying cooped up inside to play wasn't what

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Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

While the Smart Home is aiming for LEED Gold certification, it is arguably not what one might typically expect from a green home, (and HGTV makes this distinction—see more info on this here). The 2,400

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Kartoni: The World’s First Foosball Table Made From 100% Sustainable Materials

Kartoni: The World’s First Foosball Table Made From 100% Sustainable Materials

Kartoni is the worlds first foosball table made from 100% sustainable materials! The table is made mainly of recycled cardboard and sustainably harvested wood, and the set includes a cardboard smartphone

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Diet Wiegman Creates Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Carefully Posing Found Objects

Diet Wiegman Creates Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Carefully Posing Found Objects

Dutch artist Diet Wiegman makes sculptures out of random pieces of trash and then positions a light in a key spot so as to create a shadow with far more pizzazz than one would initially predict. Some of

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Anton Alvarez’s Wrapping Machine Wraps Waste Wood Furniture with Colorful Thread

Anton Alvarez’s Wrapping Machine Wraps Waste Wood Furniture with Colorful Thread

Anton Alvarez is a Swedish-Chilean designer based in London and Stockholm. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Art's Design Products MA, he developed 'Wrapping Machine', a cool contraption that

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Skate Guitar: One­-of-­a-­Kind Handmade Electric Guitars Made from Retired Skateboards

Skate Guitar: One­-of-­a-­Kind Handmade Electric Guitars Made from Retired Skateboards

Combining their respective expertise in things that rock and things that roll, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso and professional skateboarder Gianfranco de Gennaro Gilmour hatched an idea to breathe new

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Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has designed a new pedestrian bridge, set to be a landmark for the city of Lima. The bridge will span a busy roadway and connect the two thriving districts of Miraflores

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S2BH Creates Colorful Tableware Using Recycled Corian

S2BH Creates Colorful Tableware Using Recycled Corian

Architects Steve Buetow and Scott Helmes from Minnesota have teamed up to make these fabulous pieces of Corian tableware in a range of colors and designs. The guys were laid off from their full time jobs

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From Slum to Salone: Designer Pepe Heykoop to Launch New Reclaimed Leather Candelabras at Milan Design Week

From Slum to Salone: Designer Pepe Heykoop to Launch New Reclaimed Leather Candelabras at Milan Design Week

Carrying a load of leather candelabras in his suitcase, Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop just got back from Mumbai, India. In the slums of the city, he worked with 15 craftswomen in creating signature leather

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Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Fully licensed by all of the relevant authorities, the floating bar has a remarkable capacity of roughly 250 people. This is made possible by the drums, which are virtually impossible to sink. All of the

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Berkeley Scientists Create Ultra-Light Energy-Efficient Graphene Earphones

Berkeley Scientists Create Ultra-Light Energy-Efficient Graphene Earphones

A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have given themselves the challenge of creating an earphone made from graphene. This new futuristic audio speaker is able to demonstrate

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Re Rag Rug Creates Gorgeous Handmade Rugs From Recycled Thrift Store Sweaters

Re Rag Rug Creates Gorgeous Handmade Rugs From Recycled Thrift Store Sweaters

Re Rag Rug is an experimental design and crafts project initiated in August 2012 by designers Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans in Stockholm, Sweden. Their goal is to develop one unique rag rug each

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The ‘Waste Less’ Chair by Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop Turns Log Offcuts into a Rockin’ Chair

The ‘Waste Less’ Chair by Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop Turns Log Offcuts into a Rockin’ Chair

The ‘Waste Less’ chair by Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop is a unique and modern chair that employs timber offcuts recovered after structural beams have been carved out of whole logs. The simple

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Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

The decor of the Fletcher Hotel can be described as warm and minimalist. Robert Kolenik capitalized on the round nature of the hotel’s floor plan with futuristic interiors that look like somewhere the

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Recycled World Coin Cufflinks Now Available With Coins From Specific Years

Recycled World Coin Cufflinks Now Available With Coins From Specific Years

We've featured these brilliant recycled World Coin Cufflinks in the past - and the makers just informed us that due to popular request, you can now choose coins from a specific year to be transformed into

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Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), in collaboration with Purdue University have unveiled a new efficient, recyclable organic solar cell

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Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Range anxiety is a much-discussed concern among drivers—and potential drivers—of electric vehicles, and in attempt to thwart it, automakers are trying to install more EV charging stations, offering

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